PBS Editorial Standards and Policies

PBS is committed to serving the public interest by providing content of the highest quality that enriches the marketplace of ideas, unencumbered by commercial imperative. Throughout PBS’s history, four fundamental principles have guided that commitment.

  • Editorial integrity: PBS content should embrace the highest commitment to excellence, professionalism, intellectual honesty, and transparency. Accuracy is the cornerstone of PBS’s news and informational content.
  • Quality: PBS seeks the highest quality content available. PBS content should be distinguished by professionalism, thoroughness, and a commitment to experimentation and innovation.
  • Diversity: PBS strives to offer a variety of quality content. PBS must be responsive to a diverse public and has a responsibility to explore subjects of significance and the marketplace of ideas.
  • Local station autonomy: Local decision-making ensures topical and relevant content and allows PBS member stations to reflect the communities they serve.

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